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Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: UP Dy CM Backs Cop Accused of Pushing Priyanka, Says 'She Lost Her Kin Yet Fulfilled Duty' | December 30, 2019, 6:02 PM IST
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Citizenship Act Protests LIVE Updates: Accusing Yogi government of taking 'illegal steps' during anti-CAA protests, Congress General Secretary for East UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that she will move the High Court over administration's move that has led to 'anarchy'. "State govt and state police have taken several steps which are not legal and which have led to anarchy," she said addressing a press conference.

Railway property worth Rs 80 crore was damaged during protests across the country against the amended citizenship law and recovery will be made from those found involved in arson and violence, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said today. "There has been damage of railway property worth Rs 80 crore during anti-CAA protests. Damages will be recovered from those found involved in arson and violence," Yadav said.
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Dec 30, 2019 5:09 pm (IST)

Watch: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma takes on Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi. 

Dec 30, 2019 4:48 pm (IST)

Youth Congress workers stage a protest against Citizenship Act at India Gate. 

Dec 30, 2019 3:38 pm (IST)

"My own security not big issue, issue is safety of common man in UP," says Priyanka Gandhi. 

Dec 30, 2019 3:34 pm (IST)

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "State government and state police have taken several steps which are not legal and which have led to anarchy."

Dec 30, 2019 3:30 pm (IST)

The Citizenship Amendment Act is not against any Indian citizen, but the Congress is politicising it, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said. "I would like to tell the whole country that the Congress is misleading the people. Congress is doing politics. It is making wrong use (of CAA) to halt development, to halt our work to make the (country) an economic superpower of five trillion US dollars," Reddy told reporters on the sidelines of a pro-CAA campaign organised by the BJP here.

Dec 30, 2019 2:55 pm (IST)

Punjab Will Not Implement CAA: CM | Congress seeks judicial probe into 'unlawful conduct' of Uttar Pradesh Police during anti-CAA stir; submits memo to governor. Meanwhile, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh's office said that his govt will not allow implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act in Punjab and Congress would continue to fight it tooth and nail, declared the CM while addressing party leaders and workers at a protest march.

Dec 30, 2019 2:48 pm (IST)

'Damage of Rs 80 Crore During Anti-CAA Protests' | Railway Board chairman has said that railway property worth Rs 80 crore were damaged during anti-CAA protests. It added that the recovery of the damage will be made from those involved.

Dec 30, 2019 2:22 pm (IST)

Court Issues Notice to Jail Authority on Medical Reports | Delhi court adjourns proceedings in the Seelampur violence case for the day. The court will hear the matter tomorrow. Court has issued a show cause notice to the jail authority for not responding to the medical report of the accused, reported ANI.

Dec 30, 2019 2:18 pm (IST)

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee continues protest against Citizenship law in Purulia. During a rally the Chief Minister said, "I would like to appeal to everyone, come together and isolate BJP. I would like to request everyone to ensure that your names are there in voters list without any error. Just do this much. 'Hum ek bhi aadmi ko nikalne nahi denge, yeh humara wada hai' (We won't let even a single person being left off, we promise this)." 

Dec 30, 2019 1:05 pm (IST)

Opposition Creating Illusion About CAA: Goa CM | Goa CM Pramod Sawant said the opposition was creating an "illusion" about the Citizenship Amendment Act for "vote bank politics". It is a "desperate attempt" of the opposition to spread fear among Muslims, he alleged. Sawant said Indian citizens belonging to any religion need not worry either about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or the National Register of Citizens (NRC). BJP working president J P Nadda would be addressing a rally here on January 3 in support of new citizenship law.

Dec 30, 2019 12:51 pm (IST)

Too Little Compassion, Coming Too Late: Sadhguru | Supporting the CAA and NRC, spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said that the move is 'too little compassion, coming too late'. "In my opinion, CAA is too little compassion, coming too late. The Bill is only focused on religious persecution. Looking at the reactions on the street, the vehemence with which people are fighting, I was wondering did I miss something. Am I not getting something here," ANI reported Sadhguru as saying.

Dec 30, 2019 12:38 pm (IST)

Spearheading a campaign in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday posted a video of spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in support of the law. The Twitter handle of Modi's personal website also had a message saying that the CAA is about giving citizenship to persecuted refugees and not about taking anyone's citizenship away. 

Dec 30, 2019 12:14 pm (IST)

CRPF on Priyanka Gandhi's Security Breach | Reacting to the alleged manhandling of Priyanka Gandhi and her security breach, CRPF said, "Unschedule movement of protectee without intimation as such Advance Security Liaison could not be conducted. ​Protectee used non BR civil vehicle without PSO and took lift in scooty as pillion rider. Despite security constraints appropriate security cover was provided by CRPF. Such security lapses are communicated to protectee and advised for ensuring proper security arrangements."

Dec 30, 2019 11:55 am (IST)

Left Parties to Stage Dharna at Jantar Mantar Today | Left parties will stage a sit-in at the Jantar Mantar against the police action on anti-CAA and anti-NRC protestors over the past few weeks in the country. At least 26 people, including 16 from Uttar Pradesh, are dead and scores were injured during clashes between protestors and police over the last month as nationwide protests led to thousands being arrested.

Dec 30, 2019 11:43 am (IST)

Reacting to the Priyanka Gandhi's allegation of manhandling, Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjeev Balyan said, "She broke the protocol so that the media shows it on television, otherwise she would not have." Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi alleged she was manhandled by police personnel who grabbed her by the throat and pushed her when she resisted their attempts to stop her from visiting the residence of retired IPS officer SR Darapuri, arrested in connection with the recent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Dec 30, 2019 11:10 am (IST)

PM Modi appealed people to show their support to CAA. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "CAA is about giving citizenship to persecuted refugees and not about taking anyone’s citizenship away." 

Dec 30, 2019 10:44 am (IST)

Members of the Indian diaspora held events at New York to express their support for the amended Citizenship Act, terming it as a historic step taken by the Indian government. A group of Indian-Americans gathered at Times Square on Sunday, carrying placards and raising slogans in support of the Narendra Modi government and CAA. The placards read CAA is about human rights, We support minorities' right to live with dignity, NRIs support CAA and CAA passed by transparent and democratic process. They raised slogans such as We support Modi and We support CAA.

Dec 30, 2019 10:36 am (IST)

Only Nitish Kumar Can Tell...: Kishor on JD(U) Supporting CAA | Political strategist and JDU Vice president Prashant Kishor said, "Only Nitish Kumar can tell under what circumstances JD(U) supported CAA in both Houses. I want to make it very clear that JD(U)'s stance on NRC and CAA is of opposition. Check parliamentary standing committee's record, first dissent note is of JD(U). Under what circumstances JD(U) supported the bill in both houses only Nitish Kumar ji can tell."

Dec 30, 2019 10:32 am (IST)

JP Nadda to Hold Meet Over CAA | BJP Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda to hold a meeting of party general secretaries later today over different issues including Citizenship Act outreach program and party's organizational elections.

Dec 30, 2019 10:14 am (IST)

Activist and former student leader Umar Khalid said that PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were "lying" about the NRC now as they were scared by nation-wide protests. Khalid was speaking after taking part in a protest march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens. "After seeing the protests across the country, prime minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are lying about the NRC, as they are afraid of people's reactions," he said.

Dec 30, 2019 9:48 am (IST)

Nobody Needs to Prove Link Between NPR, NRC: Prashant Kishor | "Nobody needs to prove link between NPR and NRC, documents speak for themselves and they state that NPR is the first step of NRC. This debate is linked to Citizenship Amendment Bill of 2003, during which, it was defined that after NPR, if govt wishes, they can do NRC," said Prashant Kishor.

Dec 30, 2019 9:37 am (IST)

Prashant Kishor Questions Sonia Gandhi's Silence on NRC | Political strategist and JDU vice president Prashant Kishor said, "My question and concern is that why is that the Congress President is not saying this officially that the NRC will not be allowed in Congress-ruled states?" The former Congress advisor questioned Sonia Gandhi's silence on NRC.

Dec 30, 2019 9:25 am (IST)

A group of people staged a protest outside the Shaheen Bagh police station against the contentious citizenship law and the NRC, police said. Thirty-two protesters, who are residents of Jamia Nagar and Shaheen Bagh, raised slogans against the central government and demanded withdrawal of the proposed nationwide NRC and the amended Citizenship Act. The group, which called for 'Jail Bharo Andolan', later went inside the police station to get themselves arrested in a peaceful manner.

Dec 30, 2019 9:11 am (IST)

Govt Not Going to Tolerate Protests in Universities: Pokhriyal | As anti-citizenship law protests in various universities showed no signs of let up, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said the central government will not tolerate educational institutions turning into hubs of politicking "at any cost". He said that anyone is free to engage in political activities, but colleges and universities should be kept out of it, as many students come to study from far-off places. "The Narendra Modi government is not going to tolerate this at any cost," he asserted.

Dec 30, 2019 8:53 am (IST)

A play titled 'Jamiawala Bagh' was staged outside the Jamia Millia Islamia which has been at the forefront of the protest against the new citizenship law. Protesters associated with Jamia Hamdard Alumni staged the play which portrayed and condemned the police action on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia on the campus premises on December 15, said a statement from the Jamia students. In solidarity with Mohammad Minhajuddin, who lost one of his eyes, the protesters were requested to bandage one eye to register their dissent and express support.

Dec 30, 2019 8:37 am (IST)

Indian Diaspora Demonstrate in Support of CAA | Members of Indian diaspora demonstrate at Times Square in support of Citizenship Amendment Act in New York. There were several other demonstrations in the United States in support of Citizenship law. 

Dec 30, 2019 8:30 am (IST)

Case Registered Against Police in Bijnor | After murder complaint was filed against the police in Bijnor, officials said, "A case has already been registered by the police, their complaint will be made a part of the investigation". The case was filed by the family members of Suleiman, who died during the protests against Citizenship law in Bijnor on December 20.

Dec 30, 2019 8:23 am (IST)

Former Police Constable Arrested for Threatening Protestors | A 43-year-old former police constable has been arrested for allegedly posting a video clip on social media in which he, posing a sub-inspector, issued threats to anti-citizenship law protesters, police said. Rakesh Tyagi, who took VRS from Delhi Police in 2014, was arrested from his residence in Uttam Nagar on Friday, they said. In the video uploaded by him on social media recently, he impersonated as a senior police officer and threatened to "shoot the protesters" if they pelted stones at policemen.

Dec 30, 2019 8:18 am (IST)

DMK Asks Members to Draw Rangolis Outside their Home | Upping the ante against the Citizenship law, the DMK has asked its Women's Wing members to draw kolams (rangoli) outside their homes with slogans against the controversial law and National Register of Citizens on December 30, party sources said. Party Women's Wing Secretary and Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi has asked the members to draw kolams outside their homes with slogans like "NO CAA,  NO NRC," as per DMK chief MK Stalin's instructions, they said. DMK's move comes on a day when eight people including five women were detained and released by the city police for drawing rangoli with anti CAA slogans in Besant Nagar locality.

Dec 30, 2019 8:14 am (IST)

Rangoli Againt CAA, NRC Outside Stalin's Homes | Rangoli against Citizenship Act and National Register of Citizens were seen outside homes of late M Karunanidhi, DMK Chief MK Stalin and DMK MP Kanimozhi yesterday in Chennai. Police had detained seven people for drawing rangolis. MK Stalin had said that unity among secular parties was 'essential' to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register to fight communal forces.

Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: UP Dy CM Backs Cop Accused of Pushing Priyanka, Says 'She Lost Her Kin Yet Fulfilled Duty'
File photo of Uttar Pradesh deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma (IANS)

Meanwhile, a day after seven people were detained by Chennai Police for drawing kolams (Rangoli-like patterns) on the streets of Besant Nagar that read "No to CAA" and "No to NRC", DMK leader MK Stalin tweeted a picture of a similar kolam outside his residence. In Delhi, a play titled 'Jamiawala Bagh' was staged outside the Jamia Millia Islamia which has been at the forefront of the protest against the new citizenship law.

Protesters associated with Jamia Hamdard Alumni staged the play which portrayed and condemned the police action on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia on the campus premises on December 15, said a statement from the Jamia students.

As protests continue to rage across the country, the Congress will today take out a ‘Save Constitution’ march at 11am in which the Punjab CM will take part.

The BJP, in an effort to counter the agitation, will organise meetings at Hyderabad and Karimnagar. As part of its outreach efforts, former MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will be in Maharashtra's Nashik, while Nityanand Rai will be in West Bengal's Cooch Behar. Gajendra Shekhawat, Arjun Meghwal and VK Singh will be in Telangana, Kochi and Bikaner.
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